This is the followup to this post, which I would encourage you to read for the value of the comments.
I am by no means an expert on the subject of secession, but here is what I think and why I think it…
First of all, and this may surprise some people, but considering our current situation, I do not believe that the South should secede from the union at this time.
Romans 13, widely accepted as the number one passage regarding the subject of submission to civil magistrates has this to say in verses 1-4:
Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers: for there is no power but of God: and the powers that be, are ordained of God.
Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves condemnation.
For magistrates are not to be feared for good works, but for evil. Wilt thou then be without fear of the power? do well: so shalt thou have praise of the same.
For he is the minister of God for thy wealth but if thou do evil, fear: for he beareth not the sword for nought: for he is the minister of God to take vengeance on him that doeth evil.
Notice especially that last phrase I highlighted.
This is the duty of the civil magistrate: to wield the sword in defense of righteousness. The Westminster Confession of Faith, a document which we Presbyterians hold to, although not written by divine inspiration, says this:
It is the duty of people to pray for magistrates, to honor their persons, to pay them tribute or other dues, to obey their lawful commands, and to be subject to their authority, for conscience’ sake. (WCF, Chapt 23, Sec. 4)
The issue is not: should we secede because we have a bad leader, but rather should we secede because the magistrate is punishing the righteous. Sure, Barack Obama is a pagan and he’s said some terrible things, but his administration hasn’t done anything that merits secession yet. Although many non-Christian activities are openly supported, Christians are not being physically persecuted (to the best of my knowledge).
What actions by the government merit secession? Simply when evil is rewarded and righteousness is punished.
Any further thoughts?